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Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)

Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)

U.S. Geological Survey Volunteered Geographic Information Workshop

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Volunteered Geographic Information Workshop will be held in Herndon, VA January 12 – 13, 2010. The purpose of the workshop is to gather information on the potential use of volunteered geographic information as part of The National Map, the USGS’ source for topographic information for the nation. While volunteered data have always been an important factor in the USGS topographic mapping program, the emergence of the Internet and social networking technologies have necessitated new approaches. In recent years, The National Map Corps volunteers used an online system to contribute location and attribute information about thousands of point features, including landmark structures, but this project was put on hiatus 18 months ago due to shifts in program priorities. The USGS is in the process of developing a new business plan for effective and efficient incorporation of volunteered geographic information into The National Map given the rapidly changing technical landscape and the mandates for more transparency in government.

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